Curran: All Jets can do is own up to train-wreck season


Curran: All Jets can do is own up to train-wreck season

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - The Jets starting quarterback ran into an offensive linemans ass with his face.
And fumbled. And that fumble was returned for a touchdown. On national television. In prime time.
And the Jets explanation, supplied by their head coach?
Thats probably the first mistake hes made giving a handoff all season . . . Again, guys, its a one-in-a-zillion play. Im not sure what happened on it, but thats the reality of the play. In my opinion, its the first time that hes made that mistake all season.
So the starting quarterback and former fifth overall pick was due to run face-first into an ass. He was on borrowed time. We all knew it was coming
Well, I guess thats owning it.
This is where the Jets are. This is what theyve become. A cornucopia of absurd. Given the tenor of the Rex Ryan Era in New York, we could have imagined his End of Days on the Jets sideline would be spectacular, but this was too, too much.
A 49-19 loss to the Patriots in which the Patriots scored 35 second-quarter points and 21 points in 52 seconds.
In less than a minute, the Jets did things the Patriots dont do in five seasons. And if any one of those things happened on Bill Belichicks watch, you can be pretty sure he wouldnt be saying, Guys, weve all seen quarterbacks smash their faces off the guards hindquarters and drop the ball, havent we? Whats the big deal? Guys still are giving it every ounce. Theyre bleeding for me. And Im . . . Im bleeding for them.
No. One thinks not.
After this win that lifted the Patriots record to 8-3, I could have gone to hear what they had to say. But the Jets have an irresistible pull. Like a freak show. You know youre going to feel bad looking at it, but something makes you want to see just how bizarre it really is.
Step right up, step inside, you wont believe your ears or your eyes as the Amazing Shrinking Coach defines his quarterbacks night.
Mark . . . he had a 94 quarterback rating, said Ryan. I thought Mark threw the ball well.
Right into the arms of Patriots safety Steve Gregory in the first quarter to snuff a would-be Jets scoring drive. Just the sixth red-zone turnover of the season for Sanchez.
Ryan defends Sanchez by saying hes not the sole reason the Jets are 4-7. And hes not. Its the program. Its the lip service offered week-in, week-out in which the Jets own their mistakes, pledge to stop making them, promise to give it their all, and then play rudderless football.
On the Patriots first touchdown, the Jets had three defenders in the end zone covering two Patriots receivers on a play that started at the New York 3-yard line. Two of the defenders went to one receiver, another covered air and Wes Welker scored without a defender in arms reach.
On the Patriots second touchdown, a pitch to the flat to Shane Vereen that turned into an 83-yard touchdown . . . well let Antonio Cromartie explain it.
Some calls we got into, they knew what coverage we were in, he explained. Like on the wheel route, our inside linebacker Bart Scott was supposed to take that but its hard for him to take that when hes too far inside and the running back slides out. Some of the calls that we got into put a hardship on us. . . . We shoulda gone for another scheme and I shoulda put a safety on the wheel and put Bart on the inside guy on the curl route.
It was Cromartie, Eric Smith and Scott involved in that play. Thats 25 years of NFL experience between them.
But, well, hindsights 20-20 and theyll do better next time.
Theres a big whiteboard in the hallway leading to the Jets locker room.
On it were these words.
Do Your Job Execute
One Play At a Time
The only two things satisfied on that list were the last two and they were applied by the Patriots.
The Jets have been non-competitive in several games this season. 27-10 loss to the Steelers. 34-0 against the Niners. 30-9 against the Dolphins. 28-7 against the Seahawks. And Thursday night.
Were about as wounded as we can possibly be, but were not dead, said Ryan.
I can tell you this: we will give everything we have, every ounce of energy we have to get this thing going. Thats from a coaching standpoint as well as the players. If not, then well make adjustments.
Its getting a little late for if, then. At some point, someones going to pry Woody Johnsons attention away from his yo-yo and point out that his billion-dollar investment is rotting.
And then? One has to figure an uncomfortable housecleaning will ensue.
I asked Ryan if he expects to be coaching the Jets in 2013.
I do, he answered. I think our team will play a heck of a lot better and I dont believe anybody will ask that question by the time the years over.
They may not be asking it because the answer may be very clear by then.

BOSTON SPORTS TONIGHT PODCAST: Celtics back in win column


BOSTON SPORTS TONIGHT PODCAST: Celtics back in win column

0:41 - The Celtics returned to their winning ways with a 118-103 victory over the Orlando Magic. Tom Giles, Phil Perry and Rob “Hardy” Poole break down the win.

6:58 - Tom Giles and Hardy discuss the Bruins’ four-game winning streak and how the success of Anton Khudobin has helped keep the team afloat.

11:39 - Is the Patriots' Week 12 matchup with the Dolphins a trap game? Tom Giles, Phil Perry and Hardy discuss where Miami ranks among NFL teams and how the Patriots should approach the game.

17:07 - With Black Friday upon us, the Boston Sports Tonight crew discusses what big-ticket item they would choose to buy for any Boston sports team. 


Morris out, Brown questionable for Pacers game Saturday

Morris out, Brown questionable for Pacers game Saturday

BOSTON – Boston made strengthening their depth at the wing position a priority during the offseason.

Well, that depth will be put to the test with the possibility of at least one and maybe two of their top wing players being out for Saturday’s game at Indiana.

Shortly after Boston’s 118-103 win over Orlando on Friday night, Celtics head coach Brad Stevens announced that Marcus Morris (left knee) would not travel with the team for Saturday’s game against the Pacers.


Also, Jaylen Brown will be attending the funeral of his best friend (Trevin Steede) in Georgia on Saturday and isn’t sure if he’ll be back with the team in time for Saturday’s game.

“My intention is to make it back. If I can, I’ll definitely be playing,” Brown said. “But we’ll see.”

The absence of Brown would be a huge blow for the Celtics.

Boston only returned four players from last season’s team, none of whom have improved their overall game as much as Brown did during the offseason.

He came into the season focused on being a lock-down defender.

But Gordon Hayward’s left ankle injury was a game-changer for all the Celtics, including Brown.

Not only would Brown be charged with being an elite defender, but Boston now needed the second-year wing player to become more of a scoring threat.

And to Brown’s credit, he has risen to the challenge.

In 20 games (all starts) this season, Brown has averaged 15.9 points per game which is second on the team to Kyrie Irving (22.9). In addition, Brown’s defense has been among the keys to Boston’s 17-3 start which is the best record in the NBA thus far this season.

His defensive rating of 95.0 is fifth among players to appear in at least 10 games this season, and tops among all second-year players. And of the four players ahead of him, two – Aron Baynes and Marcus Smart – are teammates.

But just like the Celtics gave Isaiah Thomas all the time he needed in dealing with the death of his sister right before the playoffs last season, a similar approach has been taken with Brown which he is admittedly appreciative of the organization for doing.

“Brad (Stevens) has been great in this process,” Brown said. “Just somebody to talk to, allowing me to deal with it in the best way our family and their family feels we can deal with it. He’s been great; we’ll see how it goes. Hopefully I can make it to Indiana; if not, I just have to re-group with my family and I’ll see you guys next game (against Detroit on Monday).”

While there's a chance that Brown will play against Indiana, the same can not be said for Morris who is definitely out.

Morris, who missed the first eight games of the season with left knee soreness, has been on a minutes restriction all season in addition to not being allowed to play in back-to-back games.

Following Friday’s game, Morris said the knee feels good but he understands the need to be cautious.

“It’s frustrating,” said Morris who acknowledged the decision was made by the coaching and medical staff. “I’m a competitor, so I want to be out there.”

He added, “Like I said, at this point I pretty much don’t have control over it when I’m playing. It’s a long season. I just want to be ready for June.”

With Morris out and Brown potentially out as well, the Celtics will be extremely thin and inexperienced at the wing position. Look for Marcus Smart and Aron Baynes to be in the starting lineup if Brown is out along with Morris.

Also, Stevens will likely use Terry Rozier and first-year forward Semi Ojeleye more in addition to increased spot-duty for another rookie, Abdel Nader. On Friday, Rozier had a career-high 23 points while Ojeleye and Nader had seven and three points, respectively.